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Girls’ Clothing—Sexualizing At A Very Young Age

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Are we surprised? A recent study published by Springer Science+Business Media reveals that 29% of clothing made for girls (we’re not even talking teenagers here… these are “little” girls) features sexualized characteristics.

“...sexualizing characteristics in girl's clothing may contribute to the development of self-objectification...”

The abstract accompanying the study discusses objectification theory and how sexualizing characteristics in girl’s clothing acts as a possible socializing influence that may contribute to the development of self-objectification in preteen girls. This condition can lead women to evaluate their own bodies according to narrow, often sexualized, standards of attractiveness.

The study’s home page is here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1v535414815328t8/

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